Rim Talay Seafood Restaurant Celebrates 7 years with complete makeover

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Opened 7 years ago, Rim Talay restaurant celebrates its 7th birthday with a complete makeover from top to bottom. “We are so happy to celebrate 7 years of successful operations for which we thank our many customers from around the world,” says Khun Kanuengsuk Prungpluem (Khun Oy) the general manager. “Our new renovations will reflect customer wishes so that we are able to provide better facilities and services. It is one of the ways we thank our customers for their continued custom by listening to their suggestions.” When the restaurants first opened its doors 7 years ago on the beach at Half Moon Bay at the end of Soi 18, next to the Centara Grand Mirage Resort the area was not very well known and there were thoughts that customers would not know to find the place.

However customers came and found the location perfect and the restaurant’s presence helped generate more traffic in the beach area so that today the beach is a very popular place for people seeking refuge from crowds off the main beach in Pattaya. Rim Talay’s new renovations start right at the beginning when customers enter the restaurant. Here they have created the biggest “seafood restaurant market” in Pattaya.

 

First they transformed one of their shrimp fishing pools into the largest seafood display pool in Pattaya where customers can choose live seafood like king lobsters, rock lobsters, river prawns, Fish and so forth swimming for customers to select prior to cooking. In addition they also have around 10 large glass aquariums where fresh live seafood and fish are kept for customers to eyeball.

Morever they have kept another pool nearby for their very popular fresh shrimp fishing where customers can try their luck skills with fishing for shrimps. A fun activity that is easy to do, but requires a bit of skill in order to master. This has been one of their signature fun activities and remains very popular. The restaurant cooks shrimp caught for customers with the slogan “you do the fishing and we do the cooking”.

Next to the live seafood pool customers pass through the fresh chilled food area where seafood are kept for people that prefer not to order live fish. Then customers pass near the grill area and kitchen next to it where they have a staff of 25 cooks busy with many orders. The cooks are specialists in seafood cooking as well as in the preparation of imported steaks.

The second floor is kept as the place to view the beautiful Half Moon Bay and is very popular particular during sunsets. The second floor area is reduced a bit to allow for more open roof space for the first floor terrace. “The second floor we have redecorated a bit to allow for private parties and other functions. Customers wanting to celebrate specials events like birthdays and such and can now have a better private area to celebrate” says Khun Oy. “Our redecorations of mainly white themes keep the mood of casual and relaxed elegance to reflect the spirit of the restaurant and mirror the beauty of the ambiance of the dark blue sea, white clouds, long golden sandy beach and lush greenery of our tropical garden areas.

Sunsets are often spectacular with the sun sliding into the distant ocean’s edge”! The biggest change is on the first floor or the “Sunset View Terrace” as they call the area. The area has been expanded doubling its capacity with more open sky space with the removal of part of the floor of the second floor. A retractable awning has been installed to allow for a roof cover in case of inclement weather. “This means more of our customers can dine under the stars while enjoying one of the best seafood in Pattaya” says Khun Oy. “Rim Talay is the only seafood restaurant that offers full service dining experience right on the beach for breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner in Pattaya and we intend of keep and improve on this tradition,” according to Khun Oy. During the day there are dozens of sun beds for customers who wish to enjoy the sun while dining. In the evening more tables and relaxing beach sofas are set up according to demand so customers are able to dine under the stars with the ocean practically lapping at their feet.

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“Rim Talay is the only seafood restaurant that offers full service dining experience right on the beach for breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner in Pattaya and we intend of keep and improve on this tradition,” according to Khun Oy. During the day there are dozens of sun beds for customers who wish to enjoy the sun while dining. In the evening more tables and relaxing beach sofas are set up according to demand so customers are able to dine under the stars with the ocean practically lapping at their feet. As an added innovation and a conversation piece they have also transformed a ‘tuk-tuk’ to become a draft beer bar, which is parked in the beach area. In addition to beer the restaurant maintains an excellent selection of wines from around the world for customers who want to choose the right wine with their meals. There are also tempting tropical cocktails served throughout the day. “We provide friendly and professional service together with our truly delicious seafood as well as imported steaks. Our wine selections go well with most dishes. We also have Australian or Canadian steaks, which we keep chilled to keep its unique flavors, as well as Thai, Asian and European food. We also offer New Zealand mussels, Norwegian salmon, and Thai specialties all at compatible prices because we want customers to return. Advertising and “word-of-mouth” are our marketing strategies and it has worked well for us,” according to Khun Oy.

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The main menu is spectacular boosting over 200 items of seafood, steaks, Thai and European food and each menu item has a photograph of the actual dish plus describing each dish in 5 languages (Thai, English, German, Chinese and Russian). Khun Oy further mentioned; “We also added a completely new and chic as well as romantic and relaxing “Chill-out-Zone” in front of the beach with cozy furniture, sparkling lights and a special chill-out-menu offering “Stone Oven Pizza” and other delicious items besides our international variety of seafood, steaks, Thai and Asian delights. Since we opened the “Chill-out- Zone” it quickly became a hit with our guests!” Another new addition is the “TukTuk Beach Bar” located right in front of the beach with breathtaking views and offering a wide varieties of drinks from draft beer to tropical cocktails, wine and delicious Mock-tails all of which are also available for take-away while strolling along the beach!

DINING …. The MOVING FEAST

You can please your palate 24 hours a day just strolling along the pavements of practically every street in Thailand. The variety of al types of things to eat from the very familiar to the exotic offered by the food stalls and street vendors will surprise you.

p6Astonishing, yet fascinating, anybody, with a hearty appetite can have a virtual feast at every turn, all at minimal cost. The food enterprise is practical; the vehicle can be a mobile “rot khen” or merely two baskets on the end of a bamboo pole that can be carried around, or “haab reh.” A “shop” is hastily set up and remains stationary, while stools are brought in. Starting from appetizers, you may choose “look chin” or meatballs and other similar things fried or grilled on sticks, such as beef, chicken and pork. These typical BBQ’s cost a few bath with “nam chim” or sauce made from chilies and sugar. “Thod man kung” is included in this variety, made from parwn paste mixed with fresh coriander and then fried; the taste is finished by a dipping in sweet spicy sauce.

p7For those with a preference for Chinese food, the dumplings call “kui chai” (chive-like Chinese vegetable from where it got its name), these dumplings were later adapted to Thai taste with various fillings like prawn, bamboo shoot and taro. The typical E-sarn cuisine (from the northeast) is becoming popular around town. One which will be remembered most is “sai krok E-sarn” or northeastern sausage. With a mixture of minced pork, sticky rice, garlic and other spices stuffed into pig’s intestines and mixed with fresh vegetables, these are not to be missed. For your main course, “kuay tiew” is a delectable feast food for all locals. Many styles of noodles can be chosen from “Bamee nam” – a standard dish of yellow wheat noodles in stock with roast red pork and chopped chives thrown into noodles served dry or with soup and meatballs.

p8The bon vivant should try Thai style spicy dishes. “Khanom jeen” is one such exotic sample. The essentials of the dish are a generous helping of rice noodles with a mild curry sauce containing fish-paste balls. The dish is more appetizing eaten with fresh vegetables. Trade is always brisk at these stalls, characterized by great steaming vats of sauce and adjacent tables laden with bowls of vegetables. End tour meal with some sweets. Most farangs love to try “Khanom Thang Taek” – Thai style waffle filled with grated coconut, sugar and sesame.

p9Thang Taek is a slang expression meaning “skint’ but for this sweet, “aroy” (delicious) might be a better term. Cheap and filling, “Khao niao ping” is most often seen on the haab reh. The combination of sticky rice and coconut milk, stuffed with banana or taro, is wrapped in banana leaf and grilled. Wash it down with a choice of a myriad of juices-all for just a few baht.

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